Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

Stop Violence·Find Strength·Move Forward

aka RCASA   |   Fredericksburg, VA   |  www.rcasa.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide support, treatment, and advocacy to persons whose lives have been affected by sexual violence ​and to reduce sexual violence in our community through education and awareness. The agency's trustees, staff, and volunteers pursue a shared vision of a community that is free from sexual violence - where all individuals have the opportunity to experience interpersonal relationships that are safe, healthy, and joyful.

Notes from the nonprofit

By connecting clients to community resources, we help to ensure continuity of care and a successful healing process. Our goal is for every survivor to receive the support they deserve, both in the immediate crisis and in the long-term. Did you know that one in three women and one in six men will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes? For over 30 years, RCASA has been quietly serving survivors of sexual violence and providing the community with resources to stop sexual violence before it occurs. He are here for you AND we believe you!

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Dr. Nadia Cayce

Main address

615 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Suite 201

Fredericksburg, VA 22401 USA

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EIN

54-1443112

NTEE code info

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

At RCASA, we believe that every survivor – no matter their gender, age, race, religion, income, ability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation - needs and deserves support. Ultimately, sexual violence is about an offender exerting power and control over someone else; it is never a survivor's fault. There are short and long-term effects of sexual violence, and recovery is typically not linear. No matter where you are, or where your loved one is in their process, RCASA is here to help. By connecting clients to community resources, we help to ensure continuity of care and a successful healing process. Our goal is for every survivor to receive the support they deserve, from the immediate crisis to the long-term.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you have been impacted by sexual violence, call our confidential hotline number. A trained crisis responder will offer support, answer questions, help develop a safety plan, and inform you of your options.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Our goal is to help clients heal from issues stemming from the trauma of sexual violence, cope with the immediate crisis, and regain a sense of control and trust. Our counselors use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Art Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Psychoeducational and support groups are offered to survivors and their support systems to encourage coping and communication skills while providing education and resources in an empathetic and supportive environment. At RCASA, we offer a variety of psychoeducational groups geared towards the unique experiences of those affected by sexual violence.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Each year, nearly 3,000 school-aged children, teachers, parents and professionals, participate in RCASA’s prevention and education training programs. These programs are evidence-informed and designed with long-term impacts in mind. Programs can be customized to meet the needs of diverse communities and audiences.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Advocates and crisis responders are available 24 hours a day to provide in-person advocacy services for individuals considering undergoing a forensic exam. Advocates answer questions, discuss available community resources, and support survivors as they make empowered medical and legal decisions for themselves. Our advocates are available to stay throughout the entire forensic exam process, or as otherwise needed – a decision made by the survivor themselves.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The criminal justice system can leave survivors feeling unheard, scared, and challenged. Legal Advocates at RCASA work closely with the district attorney’s office to prepare clients for court proceedings and accompany survivors through a variety of criminal justice processes, including protective order petitions, interviews, law enforcement procedures and trials. By explaining courtroom language, procedure, and etiquette in ways that the survivor can easily understand, and by keeping survivors informed about key dates and stages of the case, Legal Advocates assist the survivor and their support system through every step of the judicial process.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Sexual violence impacts every individual differently based on the vast array of identities and circumstances unique to them. It is common for sexual violence to interfere with a survivor’s physical and emotional health as well as their ability to participate fully in their lives - from social interactions and relationships to work or school. The economic impact can also be far reaching, from possible medical or hospital bills to lost wages. The Case Management team at RCASA provides crisis intervention services along with assessment and intervention on behalf of the survivor’s immediate needs. Case Managers are a liaison between community resources and can assist with necessities such emergency housing, interpretative services, safety planning, and disability accommodations.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was established in 2003 to protect individuals from prison sexual assault. A commission was created that developed nation-wide standards for the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of sexual assault in prisons. RCASA offers inmates of Rappahannock Regional Jail and Northern Neck Regional Jail a 24-hour Crisis Hotline to report sexual violence, receive legal advocacy and hospital accompaniment services, and supportive services for their transition period. RCASA also offers trainings to correctional staff on the causes, impacts, and prevention of sexual violence within the jails.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people

Throughout the year, RCASA participates in community events in Planning District 16 that bring together survivors and supporters to increase awareness of our programs and services. We also offer workshops and trainings that are open to the public.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Harry Rosnick

Nationwide Insurance

Josh Young

BB&T Business Services Officer

Meg Bohmke

Stafford Co. Board of Supervisors

Calvin Taylor

Retired Educator/Supervisor

Jaqqueline Kobuchi

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.